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GiantsSwaGG
01-02-2016, 12:48 PM
Longtime referee Joey Crawford to retire after season
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After 39 years, longtime NBA referee Joey Crawford says he is hanging up his whistle after the season.

"I'm done," Crawford told the Delaware County Daily Times.

Crawford, 64, has been sitting out this season after undergoing knee surgery. He plans to return to the court by March 1 and hopes to referee through the playoffs.

"There's nothing to be sorry about. You know what happens? It's not that you lose your passion. I have that. That's insanity," Crawford told the newspaper. "But it just comes to the point where you say, 'I don't want to make a fool out of myself.' And it's been so good that I want to go out on a high note. I don't want to go out on a low note. I want to be in the NBA Finals, and I don't want to be reffing just for the sake of reffing."

Crawford has been an NBA referee since 1977. He has officiated 313 postseason games, most of any active ref, including 50 NBA Finals games.


Joey Crawford has been an NBA referee since 1977. He has officiated 313 postseason games, most of any active ref, including 50 NBA Finals games. Rocky Widner/Getty Images
In April 2007, Crawford was suspended for the rest of the regular season and playoffs after ejecting San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan from a regular-season game against the Mavericks for laughing on the bench. In a statement released by the NBA following the suspension, then-commissioner David Stern said Crawford "failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management."

"I learned a lot from it," Crawford told the Delaware County Daily Times of the experience. "It made me a better ref. Thank God that David Stern brought me back. But I learned a lot from it."

Crawford received the Golden Whistle Award from the National Association of Sports Officials in 2014, the highest honor for a referee.

"It has been a good run," he said.

It's about time

sep11ie
01-02-2016, 01:04 PM
Thank God. I hate refs that try to make the game about themselves.

WaDe03
01-02-2016, 01:14 PM
Thank god. What a douche.

kdspurman
01-02-2016, 01:24 PM
Couldn't stand the guy, especially after the Duncan incident. I will say, the 1 thing I liked about him in recent years, is his ability to not let the home crowd affect his officiating. Many officials let the crowd dictate how they officiate. While Crawford tended to be a guy you wouldn't mind if you were a road team in a playoff series.

JasonJohnHorn
01-02-2016, 01:55 PM
There will never be another Joey Crawford... at least if we're lucky.

mavwar53
01-02-2016, 02:28 PM
I don't care for him much, but I do like that he doesn't put up with the whining, you ***** and moan you get a T with Joey.

SportsFanatic10
01-02-2016, 03:48 PM
He says he doesn't want to make a fool out of himself? All his dumb animated calls and times he fallen down have make it kinda late for that lol. I'm just glad he won't be ruining games anymore.

PurpleLynch
01-02-2016, 09:33 PM
Amen.

KnickNyKnick
01-02-2016, 11:08 PM
thank god. this moron hated the knicks.

JasonJohnHorn
01-03-2016, 01:36 AM
I don't care for him much, but I do like that he doesn't put up with the whining, you ***** and moan you get a T with Joey.

Unless your name is Jordan then you get a friendly hand on the back and an explanation and a promise to call the game better in future.

tsubibo
01-04-2016, 09:09 AM
The fastest T's in the NBA. I wonder if there is a stat on how many technical fouls he has called on Rodman and Sheed.

foonaka
01-04-2016, 09:23 AM
"I don't want to make a fool of myself..."

Uhhhh... Too late!!!

72 Wins
01-04-2016, 12:35 PM
**** Crawford. Nobody is gonna miss him. What a impact he made in the NBA. SMH

still1ballin
01-04-2016, 02:26 PM
Tim Duncan sitting back with a smirk and sippin his Gatorade

Sly Guy
01-04-2016, 02:28 PM
better late than never, joey.